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#2 Winnipeg (Aqualizard) vs #7 Montreal (Coach)

First for some background,

November 5, 2017
Winnipeg (Aqualizard) took 4 of 5 games against Montreal (Coach) during the Classic Regular Season.

December 6, 2017
In the Premium Retro League Season 3 Teddy Bear Cup Finals.
Los Angeles (Aqualizard) won an epic 7 game series over Minnesota (Coach).
You can read about it here:

December 19, 2017
In preseaon trading for the Plablegs 2 League Aqualizard is insulted by Coach rejecting a trade with him and instead trading with Brutus.
After the dust has cleared Aqualizard says:

aqualizard - 12/19/2017
ok. u control ur tm. I was just shocked.
(but now I REALLY want to beat u)

December 20, 2017
Coach drops from Plablegs 2.

December 26, 2017
Classic League Playoff Matchups pit Aqualizard against Coach.

December 30, 2017
Game 1 in Winnipeg
Aqualizard and the Jets win a wide open back and forth game 6-5 by scoring 2 goals in the final minute of play.
Teemu Selanne had 4 goals.
Winnipeg leads 1-0.

Game 2 in Winnipeg
Coach and the Canadiens win 3-2 despite 8 minutes in penalties and only 4 shots on goal.
Patrick Roy stood on his head stopping 16 of 18 shots. 
The Jets also had almost 4 minutes of 5 on 3 hockey that they could not score.
Series tied 1-1.

Game 3 in Montreal
Bob Essensa gets back on his game and pitches a 3-0 shutout on the road in the Forum.
Winnipeg is back in control and leads 2-1.

Game 4 in Montreal
A Vinny Damphousse Hat Trick gets the Canadiens right back in the series with a 3-2 win.
Series tied 2-2

Game 5 in Winnipeg
Teemu Selanne scores 5 goals for the Jets on their way to dominating 7-2 victory and seemingly control of the Series.
Patrick Roy is pulled late in the third period after stopping just 3 of 10 shots.
Jets lead 3-2.

Game 6 in Montreal
Denis Savard and Vinny Damphousse score 2 goals each to lead the Canadiens to a 4-2 victory and force Game 7.
After one of Savard's goals Aqualizard stopped the Music (by pausing the game) in the Forum and seemed to really put a bee in the Canadiens bonnet.
Despite Coachmac's threats of nuclear retalition if he was ever subjected to these tactics again......
Todd Ewen, Mario Roberge, and Lyle Odelien were able to restrain Coachmac from going over the glass to get to Aqualizard.
Series tied 3-3

GAME SEVEN in Winnipeg
After a 0-0 First Period, Phil Housley found the twine 23 seconds into the second to give the Jets a 1-0 lead.
However in the final minute of the second just 12 seconds apart Stephan LeBeau and JJ Daigneault scored to give the Canadiens a 2-1 lead.
Davydov tied it at 2 in the first minute of the third.
Incredible back and forth action ensued as the teams battled.
Then with under a minute to play Matt Schneider took a pass from Denis Savard and beat Essensa high glove to give the Canadiens a 3-2 victory.
and the SERIES.
Canadiens win 4 games to 3.

Montreal was 2-1 at Home and 2-2 on the Road
Winnipeg outscored the Canadiens 24-20.
Winnipeg outshot the Canadiens 88-65.  (Game 3 was 18-4)
Montreal's shooting % was 31, Winnipeg's was 27.
Winnipeg's PP was 3 for 10, 30%, Montreal was 2 for 9, 22%
Winnipeg had 2 shorties.
Montreal out checked the Jets 24-20 per game.
Montreal won 53% of faceoffs.
Winnipeg had 5:50 AZ time avg, Montreal had 4:53

Teemu Selanne lead all scorers with 12-4-16, but 9 of his 12 goals came in 2 games.
Davydov had 5-6-11, Housley had 5-4-9, Bautin had 0-8-8.

Montreal was lead by Savard 6-3-9 and Damphousse 6-1-7
JJ Daigneault lead the way defensively for the Canadiens with 2-3-5 and a series best 47 checks and 8 PIM.

Bob Essensa 2.87 GAA, .692 SV %, and 1 shutout.
Patrick Roy 3.49 GAA and .727 SV %.

The Jets stats were skewed by 2 games the blowout win and then penalty filled game were Montreal had just 4 shots.

Jets Line-up
Housley and Bautin were paired together on D every game.
Selanne at Center and Davydov on LW.
Borsato started on RW in Games 1,2,5, and 6 (Jets went 2-2)
Zhamnov started on RW in Games 3,4, and 7 (Jets went 1-2)

Canadiens Line-up
Schneider and Daigneault were paired together on D every game.
Damphousse LW, Muller C, Savard RW games 1,2,3 (Habs went 1-2)
Savard LW, Damphousse C, Muller RW games 4,5,6 (Habs went 2-1)
Savard LW, Damphousse C, LeBeau RW game 7 (Habs went 1-0)


GGS Aqualizard!:big_smile:

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Great write up Coach, a game 07 seemed like destiny with the history you provided.  Thanks for a great season Aqua, you are both class acts.  

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Lol I wrote a huge response in a duplicate thread of this, which got hidden.

Anyway, more succinctly, congrats to Coach on a well deserved win! He was the better coach in these 7 games and deserved it.  And I absolutely 100% did not mean the "Stop the Music" flick in any way other than "Nice Play", I swear! :)

Also, geeze I love these writeups that Coach gives.  The dude says almost nothing in Chat during the series, and then writes Moby Dick afterward.  I wish all of the series for everyone earned writeups like this!!

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#6 Calgary (Adam) vs #7 Montreal (Coach)

Would it be 1986? or 1989?

Game 1 in Calgary
Montreal win a tight 2-1 game.
Canadiens lead 1-0

Game 2 in Calgary
Montreal holds on to win 4-3.
After jumping out to a 4-1 lead the Canadiens are badly outplayed in the third, but hold on to win.
Canadiens up 2-0

Game 3 in Montreal
Montreal has a chance to crush the Flames and take a 3-0 lead.
The Candiens have 2-1 and 3-2 leads before Gary Roberts ties it at 3 at the end of the second period.
Gary Suter scores the only goal of the third period and the Flames are back in the series.
Canadiens lead 2-1.

Game 4 in Montreal
Calgary dominates but only wins 5-3 thanks to great goaltending by Patty Roy.
The Flames outshoot the Habs 21-9 and dominate the offensive zone 7:22 to 3:40.
No one has won on Home Ice, but the Flames have all the momentum.
Series tied 2-2.

Game 5 in Calgary
In possibly the best game of the series the Flames prevail 3-2.
Gary Suter again scores the winner, this time in the second period.
The teams play a frantic but scoreless third period.
Shots finish 10-10.  Attack zone time is almost dead even.
Adam is starting to bring out the best in Mike Vernon.
The Saddledome crowd gets to enjoy the only win by a Home Team in the series.
Flames lead 3-2

Game 6 in Montreal
The Habs dominate the first period but only lead 1-0.
Adam is playing and controlling Mike Vernon as well as anyone I've seen.
At the end of 2 the Canadiens lead 2-1.
The Flames finally wake up and dominate the third with 4 unanswered goals to win the game 5-2 and end the series in 6.
Flames win 4 games to 2.

Congrats to @AdamWoodrow for advancing to the Finals in his first season of Classic.

Thanks to @aqualizard and Adam for getting these done while I had a computer to use.

8 of the 13 games I played were 1 goal games.:big_smile:
I went 5-3.  5 of my 6 wins were 1 goal games.


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These are great @CoachMac - I feel like I am reading an old newspaper or something lol

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